We are the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 130 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club.
Our next meeting is the annual Barbecue on Thursday, May 5th, at the PERA Club, Ramada #4. Our speaker will be Ned, AA7A, talking about his recent DXpedition to VP8STI and VP8SGI. Ned has many pictures and videos he will share with us in what promises to be a memorable evening.
Reservations are required for this meeting and the cost is $10 per person for the meal catered by Town Talk II. Please send your reservation to Alton, W7ACX, at his qrz.com email address. The money will be collected when you arrive at the Barbecue. Guests are welcome.
NOTE: Dinner will be served beginning at 6:00 pm, but you are welcome to arrive early to socialize. The meeting and presentation will begin around 7:00 pm.
Our featured presenter was Dick, HR1/K2LCT, who told us about his double life in Honduras for many years. Ham radio is alive and well in this Central American country and Dick has made many friends in the local ham community.
He operates from his own QTH near the capital city of Tegucigalpa and has enjoyed being the DX with his modest station.
Dick described some of the trials and tribulations of the local clubs whose 2-meter repeaters have been stolen. There is significant gang activity and drug trafficking in the area, so one needs to be aware of their surroundings at all times. However, Dick said he feels safe when he is there although he does not drive his car around the city as often these days.
Thanks, Dick, for sharing your experiences with the club.
From My DX Summit
The year is flying by! As I write this, we are looking forward to the International DX Convention (IDXC) in Visalia. It will be good to catch up with old friends at this annual event. Once again, CADXA is in charge of banquet seating and kudos to Rex, NR6M, who has already assigned seats to over 400 of the pre-registered attendees and will assign the remainder of the banquet seats at the convention. A few of us will be helping Rex so he can also enjoy some of the presentations this year.
This past week saw the completion of the greatly anticipated expeditions to Heard Island, VK0EK, and Juan de Nova Island, FT4JA. Many on the west coast were frustrated by the difficulty in hearing VK0EK. It took persistence to catch their signal during the few daily openings on the bands while solar conditions remained dismal for most of their stay on the island. I was fortunate to finally catch them for an ATNO on RTTY, but they maintained suspense by making most of their contacts on CW until the last few days of the expedition. FT4JA was considerably easier to work from their location off the southeast coast of Africa.
I found it interesting that the shorter expeditions to Cocos-Keeling Islands, VK9CK, Spratley Islands, 9M0O, and Togo, 5V7D, during the past few weeks were almost lost in the shuffle with everyone chasing the two big ones.
It was good to see and catch up with many CADXA members at the April Hamfest at DeVry last weekend. It was a beautiful day this year compared with the cold, rainy day last year. Both Jim, N6KZ, and Reinhard, K7RGG, were there at the ARRL booth to do DXCC card checking.
I hope to see you all at the May 5th Barbecue.
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